A businessman has abandoned plans to invest in Carlisle United after the club terminated talks over his proposed takeover.
Andrew Lapping was heading a consortium planning to put nearly £1.3million into the club but today Chairman Andrew Jenkins said talks had ended as Mr Lapping's proposals 'didn't stand up to scrutiny.'
In response Mr Lapping said he'd been left with no option but to step away from the takeover and that he 'didn't need the grief anymore.'
“For the last 12 months of my life I’ve worked diligently to put a plan in place which would provide initial financial investment for Carlisle United and a long-term structure and strategy to ensure the club was well-placed to pursue future success.
“My intention was simply to help the club in the short-term and ensure there was a longer-term plan in place. Then I would step back and let the club move forward. I had no intention of ‘taking-over’ Carlisle United. I put forward a plan from which a lot has been adopted by the board. It’s clear they don’t want me involved. I don’t have a problem with that – but I do have a problem in having my integrity and motives questioned."
Carlisle United players visited another football club this week.
Two of the first team squad dropped in on a training session of the Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club to meet the players and learn a bit about Wheelchair football for themselves.
Wheelchair football is a growing sport offering people with disabilities the chance to enjoy competitive games and meet in a different social setting. Ryan Dollard reports.
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Hundreds of girls from across Cumbria descended on Carlisle's Sheepmount stadium today for a football festival.
Thirty-two primary schools from around the county took part in the event organised by the Cumberland FA.
Republic of Ireland international and scorer of a famous wonder goal Stephanie Roche was also on hand alongside a host of Women's Super League stars to pass on their footballing tips and expertise to the girls.
The festival featured an interactive trailer, inflatable football pitches, games and face painting as well as five-a-side matches.
Carlisle United have beaten Penrith 0-7 at Frenchfields Park.
Penrith AFC mascot, Bradley Hodgson, who played for England's Mencap team in Switzerland in May, led the teams out:
Penrith next play Kendal Town FC on July 21 at 7:30pm and Carlisle's first fixture for the 2015/16 season is Mansfield Town away on the August 8, with kick-off at 3pm.
The first round draw for the Scottish League Cup is out - and it includes a Dumfries and Galloway derby.
Queen of the South will make the short trip to Annan Athletic.
Berwick Rangers will take on Alloa Athletic at home, while Stranraer also start with a home tie, against Stenhousemuir.
Here's the full list of fixtures:
- Falkirk v East Stirlingshire
- Berwick Rangers v Alloa Athletic
- Heart of Midlothian v Arbroath
- Stirling Albion v Airdrieonians
- Raith Rovers v Albion Rovers
- Annan Athletic v Queen of the South
- Livingston v Clyde
- Dunfermline Athletic v Cowdenbeath
- Hibernian v Montrose
- East Fife v Dumbarton
- Morton v Elgin City
- Queen's Park v Forfar Athletic
- Stranraer v Stenhousemuir
- Ayr United v Brechin City
- Rangers v Peterhead
Carlisle United midfielder Brad Potts is swapping Brunton Park for Bloomfield Road after agreeing a two-year deal with Blackpool.
The 20-year-old, who came up through Carlisle's youth ranks, scored 10 goals in 118 appearances for the Blues.
He was offered a new contract with United at the end of last season but opted to join the Tangerines following talks with his new club this week.
"Brad is a good, young player who now moves on to a new challenge.
"He knows League One football and he's going to a club where he will need to establish himself and push on.
"He's been an excellent player for this club for a number of years and we all wish him the very best as he now goes to join Blackpool."
Carlisle United have announced their pre-season fixtures which include local opposition in the form of Workington and Penrith ahead of a home clash with Championship newcomers Preston North End.
The Blues are playing six matches in the summer as they build up for the 2015/16 League Two campaign.
- Blyth Spartans, Away, Tuesday 7 July. Kick-off 7:30pm
- Workington, Away, Thursday 9 July. Kick-off 7:45pm
- Penrith, Away, Saturday 11 July, Kick-off 3pm
- Bradford City, Away, Saturday 25 July, Kick-off 3pm
- Preston North End, Home, Tuesday 28 July, Kick-off 7:15pm
- Oldham Athletic, Home, Saturday 1 August, Kick-off 3pm.
"Pre-season has been structured in such a way as to make sure the players are ready to go for the first game of the season.
"The early pre-season fixtures are an opportunity for everyone to get pitch time and develop match fitness, and we then go up against teams which have had success in the cup competitions and with promotion campaigns to round things off.
"Playing against teams from higher divisions will give us an opportunity to test ourselves and fine tune the work we need to do before our first game.
"The Capital One Cup draw and the fixture list are both released in the middle of next week, and things are starting to focus in as we build up to what we think will be an enjoyable campaign."
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